Monthly Archives: August 2006

Blast from the Past: Power Pages fanzine

Long-time Power Pack fan Dan Cuba is in the process of uploading a piece of history to the internet. Back in 1989, a Power Pack fanzine that would eventually be called Power Pages was born. Cuba, who served as editor, has put the first three issues online for viewing. It’s quite a look into the past and worth a look. See the Power Pages again (if you were there the first time around) for the first time in over a decade. You can also still view the final issue, #52, which was first released in print and online in 2000.

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Movies to-be: Cloak & Dagger, Power Pack

Speaking of movies, earlier this month, Marvel Entertainment posted their second quarter earnings for 2006 to stock holders, and with it they released an updated list of projects for Marvel Studios. Cloak & Dagger and Power Pack were both listed as film projects “to be developed by Marvel”. But don’t expect them to come out next year. There’s between six and ten other movies in development ahead of them, and only three of them are anticipating a 2008 release. The rest have no projected release date at this time.

The Cloak & Dagger movie that never was


The Marvel Animation Age site at Toon Zone has a page of Marvel sketches by John Delaney, among them being a one-sheet poster pitching a Cloak & Dagger direct-to-DVD movie. From the site, he states, “Although I have not worked for Marvel officially, I have done some Marvel stuff. On the Toon Zone Poll I drew Spiderman & Doc Ock as well as Mary Jane, Wolverine & Guardian and Venom. When Marvel was first putting together the idea to do direct to DVD movies (like the ones they are doing now ie: Ultimate Avengers) I was part of a team that put together some pitches for Marvel movies. The contract was awarded to Lions Gate Films but I did some one sheet posters for our pitch that you might like to see.”

The Well of All Things returns

Eagle-eyed New Warriors fan PaxHouse noticed a sly New Warriors reference in an online preview of Thunderbolts #106, written by Fabian Nicieza. Nighthawk teams up with the Squadron Sinister to close mystic wells around the world. While in China shutting down the Church of Universal Wellspring, he comments on it being the fifth well they’ve sealed, among them being one in Constantinople. He then states, “There was one in Cambodia that was sealed a couple years ago.” This, of course, is a reference to the Nothing But the Truth storyline that ran through New Warriors #22-25 in 1992, also written by Nicieza. You can read the preview here.

Annihilation #1 & Civil War: Front Line #5

Annihilation #1, starring Nova, and Civil War: Front Line #5, with Speedball starring in the second story, have been added to the Conundrum. Both issues heavily feature each character and continue to push them in new directions with their final fates still in question.

Firestar’s “Amazing Friends” story presents true Conundrum

Firestar‘s appearance in Spider-Man Family: Amazing Friends, released earlier this month, has created a problem.

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2 new Civil War titles

Over the weekend, CBR News announced that two Civil War one-shots are currently being planned by Marvel in conjunction with the recent rescheduled Civil War announcement. Cloak & Dagger should be appearing in Civil War: Choosing Sides, set to release in October. Civil War: Battle Damage Report will take a look at the Marvel Universe after the war. Take a look at the revised Civil War schedule (which contradicts with the just-released November’s solicits) after the jump.

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New Warriors-related comics in November

Marvel has released their solicits for comics coming out in November. See the relevant info after the jump.

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Civil War delayed

Marvel has announced that Civil War #4 has been pushed back to September 20th, which in turn reschedules the rest of the Civil War-related books. The new schedule is after the jump.

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Remembering Power Pack

The Ultimates is all right, I suppose. I mean, it’s no Power Pack, but it’s okay.”

Broken Frontier columnist Cullen Bunn fondly remembers the original Power Pack series in his most recent Pow! Moments column.

Fantastic Four #539 & Amazing Spider-Man #534

A poorly-drawn Rage and Cloak & Dagger all appear in Fantastic Four #539 and Amazing Spider-Man #534. Both issues have been added to the site. The Mad Thinker also appears in FF #539. Despite the inconsistencies in Luke Cage’s attire (among other things), the two issues mostly occur simultaneously. Read on to see how the chronology of these two issues breaks down.

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Giffen: Nova is a long way from little Richie Rider

Newsarama has posted an interview with writer Keith Giffen about Annihilation #1, in-stores today. About Nova, Giffen states that “…when you first meet Nova, some time has passed. And he’s a long way from little Richie Rider. He’s been kicked around a bit.” Also, “I keep using the comparison: Nova’s like John Connor from the Terminator movies, when you saw him in the future. He’s fighting a war he knows he can’t win.” He also talks about how he’s writing the six-issue mini-series as a science-fiction war, not a super-hero adventure. He compares the first issue to the first 12 minutes of Saving Private Ryan. Click here for the full interview.

Big week for new releases

This week, Marvel has a lot for New Warriors fans. Speedball‘s harrowing journey continues in the bi-weekly mini-series Civil War: Front Line #5. Meanwhile, in the Ultimate Universe, he’s not doing much better. Check out his brief first appearance in Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #2. Nova leads an army into battle in Annihilation #1, and will probably get profiled in Annihilation: The Nova Corps Files one-shot. And finally, a look at Firestar‘s past is included in Spider-Man Family: Amazing Friends to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the NBC cartoon “Spiderman and His Amazing Friends”. Incidentally, this unofficially also celebrates the 20th anniversary of Firestar herself, as she was created for the show.

Speedball dead by Front Line #10?

UPDATED: At WizardWorld: Chicago, Marvel held their “Mondo Marvel” panel on Friday, August 4. Civil War: Front Line writer Paul Jenkins vowed that Speedball would be dead by issue #10. Read more about the panel at the click.

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Speedball in Civil War: Front Line #4

Speedball once again starred in the second story of Civil War: Front Line. Issue #4 contains the fourth part of “The Accused” with Robbie Baldwin facing off with fellow prisoner Toomey in a prison boxing match. It looks like Robbie’s powers could be coming back. He is also visited by his mother, Maddie Naylor, not seen since the volume 1 days of New Warriors. Definitely 9 pages worth checking out.

Other recent Civil War tie-ins include Amazing Spider-Man #534, with appearances by Cloak & Dagger and a quick cameo by Rage, and Fantastic Four #539, with appearances by Cloak & Dagger. Both issues overlap with each other, depicting different facets of the same event. I’ll add them a bit later once I work out the exact sequence. But to be honest, it looks like Cloak & Dagger are once again nothing more than foot soldiers, running around, fighting, and not uttering a word.